"They say I could be drafted in the first round, maybe even higher."  Craig "Ironhead" Heyward.

2020 NFL MOCK DRAFT

 

The Matriculator's Top 50 Players in the 2019 Draft

The Matriculator's Top 50 Players in the 2018 Draft

The Matriculator's top 50 Players in the 2017 Draft

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 40 PLAYERS IN THE 2016 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 40 PLAYERS IN THE 2015 DRAFT

 THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 40 PLAYERS IN THE 2014 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 32 PLAYERS IN THE 2013 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 32 PLAYERS IN THE 2012 DRAFT

THE MATRICULATOR'S TOP 15 PLAYERS IN THE 2011 DRAFT

 

This Mock Draft is not intended to rank the players based on ability, but will take into account the yearly ineptitude of Daniel Snyder and The Bills Braintrust (yes, that’s an oxymoron) as well as the annual Oakland Raiders dart toss. We also give you the last five picks at the spot, starting with 2010, along with their draft grade. Click Here for Draft Grading Systempostions_05.png

1
  QB   Joe Burrow, LSU
  Cincinnati Bengals
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 The Andy Dalton era finally ends.  Dalton was the poster child for an average NFL tosser, posting a 70-61 record for his career.  Burrow had arguably the greatest tosser season in college football history (Cam's was still better) but why was it only for one season?  And wasn't there another LSU tosser who had one great season before fizzling in the NFL?  Burrow was almost perfect but it's a different ballgame when everyone expects it of you, and he won't be throwing to any top level receivers like he was in college.
2   DE
  Chase Young, Ohio State
  Washington Redskins
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Any other year he's the number one pick.  He has the ability to effect the game as much as a quarterback and pull a Von Miller/Dwight Freeney and lead a team to a Super Bowl victory.

3   QB   Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama   Miami Dolphins (Trade up with Lions) thumb_up_04.png

This is a terrible move for the Dolphins, but then again, they're the Dolphins.  The Dolphins have lots of needs and Cam Newton is sitting waiting like a giant neon sign.  In Tua's 4 games in his college career where the competition was equal he was a back-up level tosser.  He has injury concerns and a mediocre arm.  The Dolphins trade pick 37 to move up two spots and the Lions are loving life.

4   LB   Isaiah Simmons, Clemson   New York Giants
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Simmons is a Swiss Army knife in the Troy Polamalu mold. 
5   CB   Jeff Okudah, Ohio State   Detroit Lions (From Dolphins) thumb_up_04.png
Okudah has lock down potential and the Lions current starting corners are a fading Desmond Trufant and Justin Coleman.
6   QB
  Justin Herbert, Oregon
  L.A. Chargers
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Rivers was always entertaining but his fire and brimstone attitude was a bit sound and fury-ish.  Herbert is a completely different personality type and his laid back style is reminiscent of Jared Goff.  Is that good or bad?  Depends who you ask.

7   DT   Derrick Brown, Auburn   Carolina Panthers
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The rare interior player who can get to the quarterback.  He's constantly double teamed and yet still managed two 50-plus tackle seasons with two 15 TFL/sack performances.
8   OT
  Andrew Thomas, Georgia   Arizona Cardinals
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The Cardinals search for the Holy Grail left tackle continues into infinity.   Thomas is the safest in this great group of left tackle prospects. 

9   CB   C.J. Henderson, Florida   Atlanta Falcons (trade up with Jaguars) thumb_up_04.png
Thomas Dimitroff loves trading up in the draft, and there is all kinds of smoke about him doing it again this year.  It's usually a spectacular failure (see Takk McKinley, Kaleb McGary the last few years) but he's not interested in building a team as much as generating Twitter hits on draft day.  Henderson isn't much on tackling, but has the coverage skills to be elite in the passing game.  The Jags are tanking for Trevor, so they don't really care one way or the other.
10   OT   Tristan Wirfs, Iowa   Cleveland Browns
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Wirfs has elite measurables and he comes from one of the top schools for offensive linemen.  

11   OT   Mekhi Becton, Louisville   N.Y. Jets
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The Jets have George Fant currently plugged in at left tackle.  They have to draft one here.  Becton has a chance to be special at 6'8", 365.  
12   DT   Javon Kinlaw, South Carolina   Las Vegas Raiders
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The Raiders will wait until the middle rounds to find a receiver.  Kinlaw won't effect the passer but should become a run stuffing beast. 

13   WR   Jerry Jeudy, Alabama   San Francisco 49ers (from the Colts) thumb_up_04.png
The 49ers have the best roster in the NFL, with their only needs at wide receiver and defensive tackle.  Deebo Samuel was a run after the catch beast as a rookie and with Jeudy in the mix and Kittle running the middle of the field the offense could be unstoppable.
14   OT   Jedrick Wills, Alabama   Tampa Bay Buccaneers
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The Bucs and Bradar are hoping that the last of the elite tackle prospects falls to them.  Wills will need to transition to the left side.

15   WR   CeeDee Lamb, Oklahoma   Denver Broncos
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The Broncos need a WR2 to free up space for the emerging Courtland Sutton.  Lamb should do the trick.

16   CB   A.J. Terrell, Clemson   Jacksonville Jaguars (from Falcons)  

There is talk that Terrell is making a late move up draft boards.  

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2011/2012 Matriculator Six

2013 Matriculator Six

2014 Matriculator Six

2015 Matriculator Six

2016 Matriculator Six

2017 Matriculator Six